Galatians 5:22 – The fruit of the Spirit is peace.

In Romans 14:17, Paul puts peace before joy, but here in Galatians he lists joy before peace.  In Romans 14:17, righteousness is mentioned preceding peace.  Peace comes as a result of becoming righteous in Christ Jesus.  Joy flows from that peace. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he is speaking of the attributes of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit brings His joy out of His love. When that joy is experienced, supernatural peace becomes the result.

The world is constantly trying to find peace, whether individually or among the nations.  The efforts are futile, if they are not predicated upon God’s righteousness.  Only God’s righteousness can produce lasting peace.  The Scriptures declare that “the peace of God that surpasses all comprehension shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).  Peace is not static but dynamic in nature.  The peace of God guards our hearts from the intrusion of the subtle deceptions of the enemy and allows us freedom to live freely in Christ.

A number of questions are worth considering:  Do you enjoy the peace of your salvation?  Do you have peace in your life that the righteousness of Christ is sufficient to cause you to be accepted in the beloved?  Do you experience the peace of God guarding your heart? If you have that supernatural peace, rejoice in the Lord and give Him thanks because many people do not have what you have.  Make sure you share God’s love with those you meet who do not enjoy the peace you enjoy.  Give them opportunity to receive and experience the peace you have received.

If you do not have the peace of which the Scriptures speak, that can change today.  Invite the Holy Spirit to show you what you must do to receive the peace of God’s kingdom.  Wait upon Him for His counsel. Give up whatever He shows you and receive what He desires to give you.

Father, I thank You for Your peace that is available to me in the Holy Spirit.  Teach me how to daily enter into Your peace that surpasses all comprehension and guards my heart and mind through Christ Jesus.  Help me to be able to lead others to that peace.